Top reasons to visit Doha, the shining jewel of Qatar

Doha is home to most of the country’s population. The capital of Qatar offers an intriguing mix of modern wonders and ancient traditions to explore. Hot, sunny days are plenty and its museums, malls and entertainment venues are the best places to break from the heat during the day.

Doha, the futuristic capital of Qatar, is one of the most modern cities on The Gulf. The city is characterized by new super modern skyscrapers giving it an awesome skyline.

The Aspire Tower in Doha (300 meters) dominates the skylines. It is the highest building of the country, whose shape is akin to a torch. This building is located near the city of sport, which has already hosted events such as the XII Pan Arab games.

Much of Doha, including places of worship such as the new mosque in the Qatar Faculty of Islamic studies, seems to be already in the future. Don’t miss a visit to the Pearl, a futuristic artificial circular port which is being developed to the north of the city centre, and yet, the ancient heart of the city still beats strong. 

In the historical centre of Doha you will find a Suq where everything – from camels to gold – can be exchanged, and the AlKhoot fortress, dating back to the end of the nineteenth century and now converted into a museum.

If you are visiting Doha during a cruise, some excursions will lead you on the discovery of the north of the country and the history of this fascinating Emirate. In Ash Shamal the Al-Zubara fortress rises up from the middle of the desert and dates back to the thirties. The building, which at first sight seems an enormous sand castle, has been completely restored and transformed into a museum. Near the fortress you can also visit the archaeological remains of another, even older, defensive structure, Qal’ at Murair. Also you will find Zubara, a village of traders and pearl divers, a settlement which dates back to the nineteenth century, and later abandoned.

This month MSC Cruises is revealing must-see destinations that are perfect for a winter getaway. From Monday 14 November until Sunday 20 November, the cruise line is celebrating Doha, Qatar. Travellers booking specific cruises calling at any of these destinations benefit from exclusive incentives including onboard credit. For more details and bookings visit MSC Cruises.

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